I have to admit that this month have been very stressful. Aside from real life stuff, which I will not cover, the lack of comments has been bothering me. With that, I want to get this off my back once an for all since it’s not good to keep it in. Also, I want your feedback as well.
Back when I started blogging, one of the enjoyable aspects of this is interacting with others. It allows for discussion and potentially new ideas for posts. Comments also gives different perspective on a topic. In this case, it can be opinions or aspects on an episode I didn’t cover. It can also serve as a discussion for the topic covered for an editorial and so on.
In the past, my blog received a good number of comments. It’s not surprising since during the early half of 2010s, the anime blogosphere was really active. However, there have been a huge shift from blogs to social media. This in turn along with other factors gradually led to a decline of the amount of comments I receive.
The problem is, the recent drop of comments in recent years have made me doubt myself. I feel that if I don’t receive any comments, it makes me believe that people aren’t actually reading my content. Sure, people gives likes, but I have problems with them. You can like a post without actually reading the post since there is a like button without reading it. It’s because it appears on the main feed as an option. To me, I feel that likes are more suited for tumblr-like posts and not full-fledged content that I produce.
I have to admit that this comment drought cannot go on for any longer as it’s stressing me out. Burnout can definitely ruin someone’s passion for anything. In this case, I feel that my effort and time is being wasted when I see a lack of comments. It makes me believe that people aren’t reading my content. not made any better since other anime blogs that received several. I also infrequently leave comments on other blogs. In most cases, I do not receive any back in return.
Is the content the problem? Due to the real-life situation, it has definitely taken a toll on the content. It shows with the declining number of editorials as I can’t come up with new ideas. Maybe the episode review format needs to be changed. Perhaps it needs to focus on my thoughts about the episode along with any interesting aspects and analysis.
The problem is that writing an episode review that is a mix of summary and thoughts does not work anymore. It’s mostly because everyone who watch a the anime I covered will know how the episode will go. It’s not surprising since anime is more accessible than ever with legal streaming sites. This is why I need to change how I do episode reviews. That way, readers won’t bore themselves reading summary on the show they already watched.
In summary, commenting is an important aspect of blogging compared to things such as likes or even the amount of traffic. It allows for discussion of new ideas and viewpoints on anime that I haven’t covered. While people have different ideas on how they gauge success of their blog such as number of likes, page views, subscribers, followers, etc. For others, some might not even care and just produce the content that he or she enjoys creating. To me, it’s comments. With the lack of comments, not only I feel lonely given my current situation, but also doubt my current efforts. Obviously, content is the main driver in attracting comments, which I need to work on.
With that, feel free to share any feedback (as long they are constructive) on how I can improve my content to attract more comments. Also, if you are an anime blogger experience a similar situation, you can also share it as well. ¶